Women’s bodies recovered

February 18, 2010 GARFIELD (AP) — Remains believed to be of two missing Bentonville women have been recovered from shallow graves near Garfield in northwestern Arkansas.Authorities also arrested the son and grandson of the two women and another man on murder charges in the case.Forty-year-old Christine Bishop and her 81-year-old mother — Louise — disappeared last June and the remains found Wednesday are believed to be theirs. The remains were sent to the state Crime Laboratory for positive identification and to determine the causes of death.

Remains found in 2000 ID’d

February 18, 2010 VAN BUREN (AP) — Human remains found in Van Buren in 2000 have been identified as that of a Texas man missing for years. Police Lt. Brent Grill says DNA helped identify the remains as 46-year-old Richard Lee Heisel of Lubbock. Heisel had been reported missing shortly after traveling from Lubbock to the Fort Smith area in 1996.The remains were found July 1, 2000, by an excavation crew removing brush. Grill says evidence found at the scene indicated Heisel committed suicide.

Panel wants to restrict funds for defense lawyers

February 18, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers want to prevent the state from paying the legal bills for criminal defendants who have hired private attorneys.A proposal endorsed today by the Joint Budget Committee would allow payment only for lawyers who get clients through the Arkansas Public Defender Commission. The measure is in response to Abdulhakim Muhammad’s request that the state pay his legal bills.

Woman on the run from North Carolina busted at Walmart

February 18, 2010 Wanted by the law in North Carolina on burglary and drug charges, 48-year-old Melody Ann Potter was arrested at the Batesville Walmart after she was allegedly observed shoplifting cereal, doughnuts and bed linens.Independence County Deputy Patrick Collins responded to the store around 8:50 Tuesday morning and was met by store personnel who had Potter detained.Walmart employees said they had watched Potter select several items from around the store, take them to the crafts section and put them into Walmart bags she had in her purse.

Man wins AHA award

February 18, 2010 DUNCAN, Okla. — Scott M. Street, president and chief executive officer of Duncan Regional Hospital, is the winner of the American Hospital Association’s Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award for 2009, according to an Oklahoma Hospital Association news release.Street is the son of Avondale Street of Cave City and the late Eugene Street. He is a graduate of Highland High School who earned his master’s degree in health care administration at the University of Missouri in Columbia and his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

Arkansas State presents ‘Ain’t I A Woman?’

February 18, 2010 Jonesboro — “Ain’t I A Woman?” will be the 13th event of Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, Jonesboro. The event is free and open to the public.This musical theater work celebrates four very powerful African American women: novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; folk artist Clementine Hunter; ex-slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth; and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.

Charlotte EHC

February 18, 2010 Charlotte — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers club met Feb. 16 at Newark Pizza Express. All members were present.The meeting started with a birthday party and gifts, followed by a program about drug interaction and what people should try to avoid.The club also took some much-needed supplies to the The New Life Children’s Home in Oil Trough. The club will meet at the nursing home Monday to do a craft. The next regular meeting will be March 10.

ASU to present winter concert

February 18, 2010 Jonesboro — The Department of Music at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will present the ASU Concert Choir and University Singers Men’s and Women’s Choirs in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, Jonesboro.

West Point cadet honored

February 18, 2010 WEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet William Allgood, son of John and Diane Allgood of Batesville, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester, August through December 2009, at the U.S. Military Academy.The earn this distinction, a cadet must maintain a 3.0 average in all courses.Allgood graduated from Batesville High School in 2009.He will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation at West Point.

Board to hold meeting tonight

February 18, 2010 Batesville School Board will hold a special-called meeting at 6 tonight in the conference room of the district administration office at 955 Water St. It will hear from McPherson and Jacobson, an executive recruitment and development company, which will help Batesville School District in its search for a new superintendent.